Havana, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) The Office of Arts and the Jazz Band of Harvard University, United States, today named Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés as resident Jazz Master, due to his contribution to the development of said institution.
The appointment is granted to eminent artists linked to the entity with the aim of developing initiatives that provide new opportunities to university students, work directly with the classical repertoire and honor artists who have made a significant contribution to American music.
From April 8 to 12, Valdés – six times winner of the Grammy Award and three of the Latin Grammy – will exchange with teachers and students as part of a meeting sponsored by the Arts Office and the Harvard Jazz Band, in association with the Program of Studies of Cuba and the Center David Rockefeller of the same house of high studies.
According to an official note on the university’s website, in addition to working and rehearsing, the musician will participate in a concert open to the public that under the title Puente Musical, will bring together several instrumentalists, among which the bassist Yunior Terry.
Valdés is one of the most influential figures of modern jazz, organic and personal style distills elements of the Afro-Cuban, classical, rock music tradition, among several.
The program in which the pianist will participate in Harvard is one of the most prestigious in the United States as it brings together distinguished artists in this art form whether world-renowned masters or emerging artists, honors them and allows connection with new generations .
In past editions have been named Resident Masters Benny Carter, Roy Haynes, Joe Lovano and Cassandra Wilson, who have played with the Harvard jazz bands for almost five decades.
The Arts Office maintains a recording archive of visiting artists in jazz, which is available to students and scholars through the Morse Music and Media Collection, the Lamont Library, as well as a collection of Tom Everett’s jazz manuscripts, at Eda Kuhn Loeb music library.